OK I'm the type of person who attempts to research and plan out what I like to buy way before I should actually be. Basically I'm in the process of remodeling my basement for a HT (pic = members.cox.net/inane/during3/slides/022904-03.jpg). So I'm trying to plan out what I need to have setup while I can easily construct it. Ya I know it's prob a bit overkill but its fun. My plan is to replace all of my current HT gear over a period of a year. My first purchase will be new speakers. I am currently leaning towards a setup from Axiom (M60Ti, VP150, QS4). My second purchase will be a new reciever. I currently don't have a Dolby Digital capable receiver so I know I won't want to wait long after getting the speakers to enjoy 5.1 (or greater) goodness. My wish list of features for an AVR is: ~100Watt x X channels Good looks, Good remote is a plus DVI (& Firewire) inputs and output $500~700ish OK, so I know there is jack under $1k for digital video in's and out's. I plan on having a DLP or LCoS RPTV within a years time and was hoping to be able to hook everything thru the AVR without having to worry at all about signal loss... but at this point I think that will just have to remain a *wish* What I've been looking at: A List Pioneer Elite VSX-53TX Harman Kardon AVR-7200 B List YAMAHA RXV-2400 Onkyo ? Denon ? ? I'm worried that waiting will remove the H/K from my list because it just won't be available. Is that Pioneer also an older model? I was considering just getting a $~300 AVR and use it for a couple of years until this digital (HDTV) age finnaly arrives in force but they jsut don't ahve any power in that price range and plus after I replace it, I just feel like I wasted a peice of hardware.